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The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Rowan Bissett
Rowan Bissett
Assistant Sports Editor

Rowan is a Sophomore at Athens, and when she is not writing for the Oracle, she's playing volleyball, volunteering, or being apart of Athens clubs. She's excited to be in her second semester of the Oracle...

Elijah Hoskins
Elijah Hoskins
Social Media Editor

Elijah Hoskins is a Sophomore at Athens Drive. This is his second semester writing for the Athens Oracle. Outside of school, he likes to play his clarinet, attend marching band events, hang with friends,...

Nora Richards
Nora Richards
Assistant Editor

Nora Richards is a junior here at Athens Drive. This is her third year being a part of Athens Oracle. She enjoys swimming, making jewelry, and hanging out with friends.

Compromise is the key to productivity in American politics

Victory and defeat mean little when the country as a whole is not moving forward

“If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of progress?” The classic middle school joke seems more pertinent than ever, with threats of government shutdowns coming to fruition in the month of October. The congressional shutdown has since ended, but the government stalemate, it seems, has not budged an inch. And from the looks of it, the American political system has not learned much from the situation.

Unfortunately for the American people, the only solution to a governmental stalemate is compromise, which is clearly out of the question in the eyes of both political factions. Both parties have firmly planted their heels into America’s amber waves of grain under the notion that it would be both a travesty to their respective parties and the American people if one were to give any slack toward the other. The ensuing government shutdown, as it happened, was not the tragedy and panic it was made out to be for the majority of Americans. In actuality, the lives of almost every American carried on the same. A government shutdown meant little change from what the government was producing before the shutdown: nothing. For the average American, the government might as well have been shut down for months; just as much would have been produced.

Though the Republican approval rating has met an all-time low due to the party’s role in the governmental shutdown, Democrats cannot be considered the victors of the stand-still either. Regardless of who is to blame for the shutdown, the government as a whole still is not carrying out its most fundamental obligations, aside from the Supreme Court. Democrats cannot be celebrating a “victory” when the victory has neither led to a tangible change in our government nor a true benefit for the American people.

What both political parties (and all of the heavily partisan American citizens) must realize is the same key principle that is taught in sophomore year Civics & Economics class to every student in public school; that all political parties, whether Democrat, Republican, Whig or Federalist, are the same in that their main goal is to create a functioning government. Each may differ greatly in its ideologies and policies, but in the end the main goal of every party is to run our United States government in the best way possible. When every political party’s goal is to create a functioning government, yet a disagreement on healthcare creates a complete shutdown of governmental proceedings, it becomes exceedingly clear that the politicians in office (on both sides of the tug-of-war) have not only forgotten what their job description means, but also what their duty is to the American people.

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